Girls on the Run


Before my wife and I decided to open a running store, we have always wanted to be a part of Girls on the Run (GOTR).  When I noticed there was not a council in the River Region, so I decided to start down the path to get a council.  During the process, I was introduced to Maggie and Jenny.  These two ladies were on board and we began the process of starting a council.  Along with our great board of directors and our seed donors, we were able to get a council in the River Region.  This past weekend GOTR River Region completed their first ever Celebration 5k at the the Jingle Bell Jog for Arthritis.

Girls on the Run is a North American non-profit program that works to encourage pre-teen girls to develop self-respect and healthy lifestyles through dynamic, interactive lessons and running games, culminating in a celebratory 5k race. The organization’s curricula seek to address all aspects of the girls’ development to enhance their physical, emotional, mental, social, and spiritual well-being while establishing a lifetime appreciation of health and fitness. This program is designed for girls 3rd - 5th grade and our 27 girls that piloted this program had an amazing time.

I wanted to give each of you a glimpse into GOTR.  Each practice has a theme, for example: "How to handle gossip."  When practice starts we talk about the topic.  After we have discussed the topic, we use a game to warm up and further discuss the topic of the day.

Once we have completed the game, we talk about the game and how it related to the topic of the day.  After that, we begin our running portion where the girls have to discuss the topic as they complete laps.  The girls love setting lap goals and collecting lap counters that they get to keep to show off for the rest of the week. 

Over the last few weeks of the program, the girls come up with community service project.

The Girls at Forest Avenue Academic Magnet School made pillow cases and supplied brand new pillows to the kids at Brantwood Children's Home.

The girls at Trinity Presbyterian School chose to make bags for the homeless in the River Region.

They also completed a practice 5k during the program to make sure they are ready for the big Celebration race at the end of the season.

If you want to know how you can help out with Girls on the Run in the River Region click HERE for more information.


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